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What is the Expat attitude? // Cosa si puo’ imparare da chi vive all’estero?

Expat positive attitudeI encourage to read this article by The Age about Expat life or better attitude. I think it reminds everybody how to look at life and brings a bit of positive attitude and care for others, it pushes you to know more about the country you live in, it brings the curiosity to go out and make new friends. Among other things, it talks about expats you usually do things and don’t spend much time thinking whether they should do something or not.  I think we all need to remember that from time to time.

From my personal experience, I do think that as an Expat you are, in a way, forced to put yourself out there to make new friends and explore the new city you live in, but then it also comes down to each one’s attitude. It allows you the freedom of being different, discovering your newself, if you want, although you always need to cope with yourself, but that is another story. I remember the first time I came back from Australia and lived again in Milan, I proposed myself to live my own city as a foreigner, with the same curiosity and willingness to discover more and more everyday, meet new people and get new stimuli. For a while I remember I managed to do that quite well, but then the risk is going back to routine and what’s comfy & cozy. That’s why I encourage you to read it. It’s good to be reminded of adopting such a positive attitude! And maybe this is not the best case to use this expression, but the Latins would say through my dad: “Repetita iuvant”, i.e. ‘repeating does good’.🙂 Thanks Gaelle for sharing it on facebook.

http://www.theage.com.au/travel/blogs/the-backpacker/what-we-could-all-learn-from-expats-20130711-2psde.html

 

Check out the ‘Expat Life’ section by Clicking on the following link: Expat Life

———- // ———-Expat freedom

Ho letto da poco un articolo che parla della vita delle persone che si trasferiscono per un periodo di tempo in un altro paese e vivono all’estero e di come normalmente affrontano la vita. Parla, tra le altre cose, di come gli espatriati siano più portati al fare che al pensare. Io rientro nella categoria e in parte posso confermare. Ovviamente non è tutto ‘rose e fiori’, ma in generale penso che quando si viva all’estero si sia messi un po’ nelle condizioni di essere obbligati a fare, a buttarsi fuori per conoscere nuove perone, ricostruirsi una vita, nuove persone con le quali condividere pensieri e nuove esperienze e spesso si è portati a provare nuove cose, di qualsiasi tipo, che magari in patria non si sarebbero affrontate per mancanza di tempo, paura o altri motivi. Un esempio ne è questo blog. Si ha anche l’opportunità di scoprire nuovamente se stessi e lati che prima a noi sconosciuti, reinventarsi in qualche modo. Si ha sempre a che fare con se stessi, ma questo è un altro argomento…

Quando ho letto l’articolo, oltre ad avere una sensazione positiva e di benessere alla fine, mi sono ricordata di quando sono tornata a Milano la 1a volta dopo essere stata in Australia 6 mesi. Mi ero proprio proposta di vivere la mia città da straniera, come se non la conoscessi, per spingermi a conoscerla meglio, per conoscere nuove persone, per essere recettiva a nuovi stimoli e vivere appunto come se fosse una nuova città per me e dovessi ricostruirmi una vita fatta anche di nuovi amici e attività. Mi ricordo che per un periodo c’ero anche riuscita, ma poi il rischio è quello che subentri la routine. Proprio per questa ragione incoraggio la lettura dell’articolo perchè penso possa risvegliare in tutti noi la curiosità del viaggiatore e tutto cio’ che ne consegue. Forse non è usata nell’occasione più canonica, ma come dicevano i latini, ma soprattutto come mi ripeteva sempre mio padre ‘Repetita iuvant’, le cose ripetute aiutano. E forse sentirci dire, ovvero leggere, queste cose ci potrebbe aiutare a ricordare ad avere un atteggiamento curioso nei confronti della vita!

Buona lettura e buon venerdì!

http://www.theage.com.au/travel/blogs/the-backpacker/what-we-could-all-learn-from-expats-20130711-2psde.html

Check out the ‘Expat Life’ section by Clicking on the following link: Expat Life

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  1. Here I am again;-) I was just saying that I loved your article and the way you wrote it.
    I can definitely relate to every single word.
    When I came back to France after 3 years in the States and then again after a year and half in England, I pretty much lived like a expat in Paris: Hanging out with the Expat Community, being a tourist in my own hometown…but eventually I felt trapped again, not sure if it’s France or me but I know that I am much more myself overseas, I meet more challenges too which is somehow very rewarding (when I can overcome them of course! haha) . The Expat Attitude??!! That is going to be my new favorite expression;-)

    PS: But I don’t think that every expat has “the expat attitude” …

    • Hey thanx for taking the time to write me. I’m really happy you liked what I wrote, but mostly that you can relate to it. That’s what’s important about writing a blog. It’s sharing experiences with people alike, that might find inspiration, a good advice, a positive thought that lights their day or that enjoys reading it or whatever, without thinking I know more than others. I just write about my own experience. I usually feel rewarded because I find more energy to keep going and I’m also the one receive a positive thought that puts a smile upon my face🙂

    • And no, it’s not France, it was Milan-Italy for me.
      And I do agree that not every expat has this attitude and I also think each one has a bad day or two as well, but I think it’s important to keep in mind this attitude, especially when you are not there with your mind because it represents a “place”, or a mental state, to go back to! So thanks for your positive energy this morning!🙂

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